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Financial Factors In Studying Affiliate Opportunities

Mar 29, 2008
Many people, especially those who are new to the online business, are blinded by the hyped language within the affiliate opportunities sales letters and they cannot see the facts that are laid within those lines.

Unfortunately it seems that online marketers cannot but hype up their sales letters language. Therefore, we cannot just discard affiliate opportunities for the mere fact that their sales letters used hyped language. Accordingly we need to train ourselves to discard that hype and look for the facts.

In this article we will try to list and explain things that we need to look at when we are studying affiliate opportunities. Before we get to that we need to clear out the basic thing that needs to happen before such studying takes place.

Before we start our search for affiliate opportunities we should make sure of the following:

1- That we are making a conscious decision that we are searching for affiliate opportunities. We are stressing this fact in most of our articles. Many beginners fall into this trap without knowing that there are other models in the online marketplace.

2- To choose an industry that you feel comfortable promoting. The word comfortable could mean any one or combination of the following statements:

a. Its an industry that you are passionate about
b. Its an industry that you can relate to
c. Its an industry that you have some information about.
d. Its an industry that is exciting although you know nothing about.

Let us now look at the main areas that we need to look at when we are studying affiliate opportunities after making sure that we have taken care of the above two points.

In this article we will look at the financial factors. There are additional factors that we will look at in the next article. For ease of reference we will note the title of this article while discussing the additional factors.

The Financial Factors:

a. Costs associated: Some affiliate opportunities require a monthly subscription or a one time fee to join the affiliate program. Be extra careful when you are looking at such programs. I am not saying to go away from them, because some of them are reputable and worth the investment. If you decided that the costs are justified then compare them to the budget that you have set for yourself. Also you need to see the method you need to use for payment if it secured and smooth and when not jeopardize security of the funds and your status with the program.

b. Retail Price: This is the price that the end user will pay. You will need to ask yourself whether it is something that you would buy if you had the money for it. Try to research the industry and look at the different prices being offered. This should give you an idea on whether the product that you are evaluating is able to compete when a customer compares value of money.

c. Your Commission: When searching for affiliate opportunities you will not be evaluating only one program. You should be evaluating different opportunities within the same industry. Accordingly you will be able to decide which program pays the best commission while keeping the Retail Price into consideration. A high commission of a product that does not sell will not bring you any earnings.

d. Method of Payment: Affiliate programs differ in their payment methods. Some pay by check, others pay through an online payment processor. Some use a combination of methods or multiple options of the same method. You will need to choose an affiliate opportunity that pays you through a method that is suitable for you.

e. Minimum Payout: Some affiliate opportunities set a minimum payment amount. An affiliate must earn through his/her commissions a minimum amount of money before the program owner sends the earnings to the affiliate. You need to see of those minimum amounts are suitable for you. If the payment is through check and you live a different country then the minimum amount might not be good for you as the check clearing fees could be higher than that minimum amount. You might want to ask the owner of the affiliate program to increase the minimum amount for you. Affiliate program owners would have a problem with decreasing that amount, but most will not have a problem with increasing it.

f. Payment Intervals: When are the payments made? Monthly, weekly, on the spot or at the time the minimum amount is reached? You will need to choose the affiliate opportunity that suits your conditions.

These are the main financial factors that you will need to look at when studying affiliate opportunities.
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Rami Doleh has dedicated all available resources to put people on the right track and help them establish their affiliate business. For More Information and to find how to contact Rami for any questions visit Affiliate Opportunities
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